The Bullseye - May 2014

Thursday, May 1, 2014

How to be More 'Green' in the Office,
Alumni Update,
Boost Your Personal Creativity,
Congratulations to this Month's Winner!,
How to Have a Great Day - Every Day,
Career Opportunities Within Orion,
Join Orion's Alumni Club,
Refer a Military Job Seeker to Orion,
Connect with Orion

How to be More 'Green' in the Office

This year, Earth Day was April 22nd, a date to remind ourselves to be more environmentally friendly and conscious of our world and how we use it.

You probably take steps at home to care for the environment, through recycling, turning off lights / air conditioning when you’re not home, limiting the amount of running water you use, etc.

But what about in the office? You spend a considerable amount of time at work, with plenty of opportunities to practice some environmentally friendly actions.

Below are some tips to going “green” in the workplace and creating a more environmentally friendly office space:

Conserve your computer’s energy. If you have a desk job, keeping your computer powered is a must. However, it is estimated that people waste over $1 billion in electricity every year just in computer usage! There are several easy ways you can conserve your computer’s energy. Try switching to energy-saving settings. The Climate Savers Computing Initiative suggests the following:

  • Monitor and display sleep: Turn off after 15 minutes or less
  • Turn off hard drives and hard disk sleep: 15 minutes or less
  • System standby or sleep: After 30 minutes or less

Set your computer to sleep mode when you are away from your computer, and don’t use a screensaver, which uses energy rather than saving it. Turn off your computer whenever you’re not using it for long periods of time, especially when leaving work.

Turn off and unplug all other devices when not in use. Even when your printer, speakers, scanners, etc. are not turned on, they still use power. Be sure to unplug all devices, including power adapters and chargers when not in active use.

Reduce your printer use. The printer is one of the most-used office equipment, so it would be hard to do away with use altogether. You can conserve energy and printer use by not printing in color, using double-sided copying, and recycling ink and toner cartridges.

Reduce your paper waste. Consider whether or not you absolutely need to print off every email or memo, and make a conscious decision to go paperless whenever possible. Keep copies of important emails, files, etc. on your computer, send company updates through email, and review documents online instead of printing them out for edits. You can also arrange for your paycheck to be directly deposited into your account.

Maintain healthy airflow. If you work in an office, chances are you spent a lot of time indoors – a Canadian study found that people spend 83 percent of time at work or school indoors. Keep the air you breathe inside healthy and fresh by using non-toxic cleaning products, opening your windows to increase air flow (or taking outdoor breaks if you don’t have the luxury of a window), and consider using an air purifier.

These are just some ways that you can make an effort to create a healthy and green workspace in your office. Check out the links below for even more ways to be environmentally conscious.


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Alumni Update



Nicholas Lindsay, U.S Navy Reserve, Aerospace Maintenance Duty Officer (AMDO), Lieutenant U.S. Navy, Naval Aviator, Lieutenant Junior Grade
Test Engineering Manager, Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX)

Orion helped me to find my career as a Propulsion Test Engineer with Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX) in December 2009. I had an overlap between the military and my new career, as I took a leave of absence soon after beginning with SpaceX to train as an Aerospace Maintenance Duty Officer (AMDO) in the Navy Reserve. I returned to SpaceX fulltime in March 2010. They were incredibly accommodating in allowing me to start work for only a couple of weeks then take a leave of absence.

Prior to my civilian career, I served as a Naval Aviator stationed at NAS Kingsville. Due to the fact that Kingsville is a small base without many resources, my preparation for transition didn’t go beyond the required transition classes, which were more geared toward retirement. Overall, though, my transition was easy since, as a bachelor, I didn’t have to worry about a wife or kids.

My experience did feel very rushed, though. In a short amount of time, I moved to Waco, TX, started a new job, bought a house, went to training for my new role in the reserves, and started drilling at the local reserve center. Because of the tight timeline, planning for housing was a challenge. I made the decision to buy a home early in my transition, and was fortunate enough to find someone who needed a roommate while my house was being finished.

My move itself went reasonably well. It was convenient to be able to leave my things in storage while I was in transition. Unfortunately, the movers damaged some of my belongings, including irreparably damaging a brand new washing machine.

I now work in the Aerospace Engineering industry, more specifically Test Engineering. A combination of hard work and good luck has given me the opportunity to advance very quickly at SpaceX. I was hired as a Test Engineer and have been given continually increasing levels of responsibility including two promotions within the first two years. I am now a Test Engineering Manager and responsible for all test related activities for the Dragon Spacecraft and its systems.

While my military background was not directly applicable to my new role as a Test Engineer, it did build the basic foundations that have ensured my success. Overall, I feel that I am better prepared to handle difficult decisions and stressful situations than many civilians in similar positions. My military experience gave me a wide variety of hands-on skills, as well as an appreciation for hard work and dedication to the overall mission. These abilities help me every day. Working on a multidisciplinary team all working towards a common goal requires the same communication and collaboration skills that I learned while on active duty.

For the veterans out there, don’t forget the skills you acquire in the military are directly applicable to the civilian sector, but make sure that you translate those skills into civilian terms to avoid confusing employers that aren’t familiar with military terminology.

Veterans should also remember that civilian organizations don’t always function with the same type of hierarchy that the military does. It is important to understand that every organization has a unique vision of the role of its leadership and in your new career you will have to apply your leadership skills in new ways.

Hiring managers should understand that humility is a huge part of serving in the armed forces. Many transitioning soldiers and sailors are not used to bragging about their accomplishments, so it may take more effort than normal to elicit evidence of their exceptional abilities or their unwavering dedication to mission success.

Lastly, I’d advise fellow veterans to make sure that you find a job you are passionate about in a city where you will be happy. Success is sure to follow. Best of luck!

Would you like to featured in Transition Corner? Please contact Allison Thomas to learn more!

Boost Your Personal Creativity

In the office, creativity oftentimes gets set aside for the actual execution of a project or idea, and you find yourself with a to-do list that is more mundane than exciting.

There are numerous ways to keep your creativity up in the office, while also being more productive. Here are some ways to boost your personal creativity to help maintain a steady, successful rhythm in the workplace.

Don’t email in bed. Don’t make your inbox the first thing that you do in the morning or the last thing you do at night. The minute that you open your email, your mind will be spinning with all things on your to-do list, thinking about how much you have to get done.

Don’t take meetings before lunch. Most people’s creative time is between 9am to noon. Set aside this time to tackle projects, and save the meetings until the afternoon.

Write. Take time each day to jot down random thoughts, feelings, and experiences. It doesn’t have to be the next great novel, but it will boost your creativity and help you think from a different perspective.

Go easy on the coffee. Caffeine is helpful when you didn’t get enough sleep, but if you partake in more than a few cups it can have the opposite effect. Instead, focus on getting more sleep each night.

Trim down your to-do list. Take your current to-do list and cut it in half. You will feel more accomplished about the things that you were able to get done, instead of feeling bogged down by the things that you didn’t get a chance to do.

Turn off notifications. Set aside an hour each day where you your attention isn’t always on your devices, email, phone, etc. Focus on being in the moment, and watch your productivity during that one hour soar.


21 Ways to Boost Your Personal Creativity

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Congratulations to this Month's Winner!

Jackie Syers won the Job Seeker Referral monthly drawing

 and is the winner of a $50 gift card.  

Ready for your chance to win a $50 gift card? You’ll receive an entry into our monthly drawings for Client and Job Seeker referrals for each referral that you submit – good luck and thank you for the referral!

How to Have a Great Day - Every Day

There are plenty of articles about how to be happy at work – but what about being happy all the time? Getting into, and more importantly, staying in a good mood comes from actions that you can take daily.

Here are some tips and actions that you can take to have a great day not just at work, but in your personal life as well.

Listen or read something that inspires you. Try to avoid news or entertainment that doesn’t add to your stress, and instead focus on music, books, and podcasts that inspire you and push you to be a better person.

Make your body stronger and more resilient. Set aside time each day to engage in some form of physical activity, even if it is only for a half hour or so. This small effort of exercise will make you feel happier, more energized, and as a result, more productive.

Set plans for the future. Create goals for yourself at work and at home, and then strive to complete them. You will feel better about yourself and your choices when you are working towards a long-term goal. While it’s okay to have lofty goals, keep some that are more obtainable to help give yourself a sense of accomplishment when they are completed.

Do at least one thing worthwhile. It’s common to get into a rut with your daily routine. Shake things up by occasionally doing something out of your comfort zone, like volunteering with a local charity. Not only will you feel good about helping others, but you will also feel a feeling of achievement.

Appreciate what you have. Oftentimes we focus on things and ways we come up short in life, whether it be financially, emotionally, or physically. Take a moment each day to stop and feel thankful for the people, things, and circumstances of your life, and gain a sense of appreciation for all that you do have.

Record at least one good memory. At the end of each day, write down one positive memory from the day that makes you smile. As time goes on, you can look through the memories to remind yourself why you work so hard.

These are just some simple ways that you can have a great day not just today, but every day. You can tailor the suggestions above to your own lifestyle, or you can come up with your own. Remember that every day is a new day.


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Career Opportunities Within Orion

Become part of Orion's team! We are currently hiring for the following:

Account Executive - San Diego, CA; Austin, TX; Raleigh, NC; Cincinnati, OH; and Virginia Beach, VA

Orion International is currently seeking transitioning or former military officers to join our Sales Team as an Account Executive in our San Diego, Austin, Cincinnati, and Virginia Beach offices.

Account Executives are responsible for discovering and securing job opportunities for our military candidates.

Account Executive Essential Job Duties

  • Create and maintain relationships with America's leading companies through development of a leads list, business development calls, onsite client presentations, and networking.
  • Educate potential clients on the value of hiring military candidates.
  • Grow and manage a portfolio of client accounts within your territory.
  • Once a job order is received, discuss the specific opportunity with identified candidates by providing a complete background on the position, company, and industry.
  • Through the final phases of the hiring process you will work with both the client and candidate to provide superior customer service and consultation to each.
  • Required travel - Attend Hiring Conferences in your region between one and two times each month; additional occasional travel within your region to client locations.

Account Executive Qualifications

  • Military Experience - You must be a former or transitioning military professional.
  • Education - Bachelors Degree is required.
  • Previous sales experience or a desire to succeed in sales.
  • Excellent presentation skills, energetic, and motivated.

Compensation and Benefits

  • Orion offers our Account Executives a competitive salary plus bonus structure that leads to a salary plus commission compensation structure.
  • Orion provides a full benefits package to our employees including vacation and holidays, medical, dental, vision, LTD, STD, life insurance, and 401k.

Apply for this position, or contact us with questions.


Army Officer Recruiter - Raleigh, NC 


Orion is seeking a former Army Officer to join our Raleigh office as an Army Officer Recruiter. This is your opportunity to assist your fellow Veterans, while gaining invaluable recruiting experience in a high-paced sales environment. You will work with transitioning Army Officers and aid them in their transition from Active Duty into Corporate America.

Job Duties Include (but are not limited to):

  • Source and build relationships with Army Officers who are preparing for an upcoming transition into Corporate America.
  • Travel to military bases within your assigned territory (Eastern and Midwest US) to give Career Transition Seminars and to meet with Officers, preparing them for their transition into the civilian workforce.
  • Present webinars and conference calls on resume preparation, interview preparation, and career transition topics.
  • Work with ACAP Centers and other key base contacts to develop relationships, a referral base, and to coordinate your visits.
  • Generate referrals from the Officers with whom you work.
  • Assist with resume creation and revision, career options and interview preparation.
  • Conduct reference checks and verify the backgrounds of candidates.
  • Match candidates with job openings that fit their background, experience, skill set, and preferences.
  • Prepare candidates for interviews, get feedback following interviews and help guide the process through the point of receiving and accepting an offer.
  • Provide recruiting support to fulfill the active job orders in your region as well as for national support targets.
  • Provide training support to our Military Talent Partners, educating them on the military, officer roles and responsibilities, and value to their organization.

Position Details:

Salary: $60,000 base salary, plus commission (1st year expected earnings in the $70k+ range)

Benefits: Orion offers an industry-standard, comprehensive benefits package to include medical / dental / vision insurance (HSA and PPO options); 401k; life insurance; ADD/STD/LTD; vacation and paid holidays.

Location: Raleigh, NC

Travel Requirements: Approximately 2 to 3 times/month to military installations and/or hiring conferences within your assigned territory (~30% travel).

Career Progression: Move into Production Recruiter or Account Executive role (average earnings is greater than $100k/year).


  • Recently transitioned Army Officer less than five years removed from Active Duty, or currently transitioning.
  • Strong desire to assist fellow veterans and succeed in recruiting.
  • Strong achievement profile, high energy, and the drive to succeed in a fast paced recruiting environment.
  • Outstanding presentation and communication skills.
  • USMA Graduate preferred.

If you would like to be considered for this position, please Apply now.

Join Orion's Alumni Club

 As an Orion alum, your experience and guidance is a valuable asset to veteran job seekers who are now in the same position you were when searching for a career. Join Orion's Alumni Club if you'd be willing to share your expertise with current Orion job seekers or discuss options for hiring military with our Account Executives. Check out the Transition Corner for others who have participated in Orion's Alumni Club.

If you would like to participate, complete this form to be enrolled in Orion’s Alumni Club and entered into our monthly drawing for a $50 gift card.

Refer a Military Job Seeker to Orion

Do you know a military job seeker looking for a civilian career? For each referral that you give us, your name will be entered in our monthly drawing for a $50 gift card. Even better, if your referral is hired through Orion, you will receive a $100 gift card as our way of saying thanks.

Click here to refer a Military Member to Orion now!

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